Lord Provost launches schools road safety award.

Councillor Sadie Docherty, The Lord Provost of Glasgow met pupils from St Paul’s and Quarreybrae primary schools – the first to gain the award.

Last year saw a 41% decrease in the number of children seriously injured, and for only the second time on record no child was killed, on Glasgow's roads.

In order to recognise the excellent road safety progress being made with Glasgow’s young people, the council is introducing The Lord Provost Road Safety Award.

The award will be presented to city schools delivering road safety education and training fully supported by the Road Safety Team, which will also deliver road safety activities within the school. 

The Go Safe Glasgow website (www.gosafeglasgow.com) enables schools to request the services of road safety staff, who will provide them with the necessary support and guidance to plan a programme of work to receive the prestigious award.

As schools progress with road safety activities, the colour of the traffic lights will go from red to green for completing the Lord Provost Road Safety Award.

Within the school based activities section schools can choose which activities that they wish to complete.  Some activities will be delivered by a member of the Road Safety Unit and other activities are those which should be delivered by the class teacher.

Councillor Sadie Docherty said: “Teaching road safety skills to our school pupils is vital to ensure children learn pedestrian skills from an early age to prepare them for independent travel later on in their school life.

“I’m looking forward to presenting schools with the award when they have reached the target.  

“Glasgow is progressing well towards the national child road casualty targets. This couldn’t have been achieved without the support and the hard work of all staff and partners involved in the promotion and delivery of road safety education.

“As an extension of the Award, our Road Safety Unit is offering every school in the city the opportunity to develop a new road safety action plan which will contain challenging road safety education targets to 2015.

“They will also develop a new and innovative casualty reduction plan for each area in the city and encourage all schools, businesses, services and enforcement agencies to work together in reducing casualties in their local community.

 

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